Tuesday, April 21, 2009

To Save the Postal Service, Congress Must Approve Legislation

APWU Web News Article #047-09, April 21, 2009

A new PowerPoint slide show about H.R. 22, a bill of critical importance to anyone concerned about the Postal Service, is now available to local, state, and national officers for use at union meetings. The slide show explains the significance of H.R. 22 in staving off a financial collapse of the USPS.

“We hope union activists will use the slide show to inform rank-and-file members about the legislation,” said APWU President William Burrus. “This bill is essential to the viability of the Postal Service — and to our jobs.”

“It is imperative that APWU members contact their legislators and ask them to support the bill,” Burrus said.

More than half the members of the House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 22. “We expect a similar bill to be introduced in the Senate soon,” said Myke Reid, director of the APWU Legislative & Political Department.

“As soon as this happens, we must be prepared to act: Union members must urge their senators to support the legislation.”

Testifying before a House subcommittee last month, Burrus told lawmakers that without H.R. 22, “it is unlikely that the Postal Service can survive in its present form.”

[more H.R. 22 news]

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